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Content From Liam Thatcher
Fri May 10 '13|
In 1972, John Lennon sent a heartfelt letter to a well-known Christian leader, in which he wrote these lines: “The song we wrote, Paul [McCartney] and me, “Money can’t buy me love,” it’s true. The point is this, I want...
Mon Apr 29 '13|
In May and June we are preaching a sermon series entitled Faith Conversations: Talking About Things That Really Matter. You can find out more about the series here, but if you’d like some further reading to accompany the talks, here...
Sun Apr 14 '13|
Nothing is more fundamental to a healthy lifestyle than the practice of breathing! In this talk, Liam explores how this simple act, which we do unthinkingly, can help us to recognise the presence of God and cultivate thankfulness.
Wed Apr 3 '13|
As the old adage goes: ‘you are what you eat.’ That always scared me as a child, because my mum fed me a lot of carrots, and I didn’t much like the idea of turning orange! But of course (childish-hyper-literalism...
Mon Mar 18 '13|
If you’re anything like me, Easter can whizz by almost without you noticing it. Cadburys Creme Eggs are in the shops from Boxing Day, you’ve eaten too many by February and entirely forgotten about Easter by March, until suddenly you...
Sun Mar 17 '13|
Following Jesus is a difficult decision, not to be taken lightly. It’s like building a tower, fighting a war and taking up your cross. This week, Liam looks at Jesus’ challenging words about what it takes to follow him.
Mon Mar 11 '13|
The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?...
Sun Feb 10 '13|
John the Baptist, imprisoned by Herod, sends his disciples to find out if Jesus is the real deal. This week, Liam looks at the theme of disappointment in discipleship and considers how Jesus offers hope to those facing struggles.
Wed Jan 9 '13|
There are certain unique challenges and opportunities that face those building churches in large urban contexts. People live and think differently in cities and need churches that will do the same. In November 2012 we ran our first Global Cities...
Sun Dec 9 '12|
Many details of the Christmas story are well known: no room at the inn, the child born in a stable and laid in a manger. But is it possible that we’ve become so familiar with the Christmas Card portrayal that...
Fri Nov 30 '12|
What is eternal life? How do we know God, and how does our knowledge lead us to worship? In this talk, Liam Thatcher looks at Jesus’ prayer in John 17 and considers the awesome invitation to see and savour Christ. Click here...
Sun Nov 4 '12|
In this, the third and final week, we look at the theme of resurrection in the New Testament letters, and try to piece together a picture of what life after death might look like. Download the handouts.
Sun Oct 28 '12|
This week, we look at the Gospels and the book of Acts and consider how the resurrection of Jesus affected the way people thought and preached about him. Download the handouts.
Sun Oct 21 '12|
Every day our minds are bombarded by information from countless sources. So many voices shout for our attention and try to shape our lives, and as Paul puts it, we can easily end up seeking voices that simply tell us...
Tue Oct 9 '12|
Say the word ‘heaven’ and you will conjure up a range of ideas and images from the saccharine to the absurd. To some it’s a non-existent crutch for weak people. For others, an abstract place where the deceased experience disembodied...
Sun Sep 23 '12|
There is much to celebrate about city life, but there are also plenty of challenges. It can be hard to maintain a balanced lifestyle and resist some of the more unhelpful temptations. This week Liam will look at Paul’s instructions...
Sun Sep 2 '12|
We’ve seen that God is Love, but He is not simply ‘loving’ in a vague or impersonal sense. The Bible describes Him as our Father. In this talk, Liam looks at how we relate to God as Father, and what...
Mon Aug 20 '12|
The question of suffering is an incredibly difficult one to answer, since it’s not a purely intellectual question, but an emotionally charged one. Recently Timothy Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York wrote a blog for CNN on...
Wed Aug 1 '12|
I don’t know what comes to mind when you try to think about God? How would you describe Him, or define Him, or explain Him? Many people profess to have a vague belief in the existence of God, but have...
Sun Jul 29 '12|
What is God’s final plan for creation? This week we come to the end of our series on Revelation by looking at John’s incredible description of the New Creation, full of rich imagery and incredible hope. We will see what...
Sun Jul 15 '12|
As the story draws towards a close, we read that Christ will reign for 1,000 years. Little in Scripture has caused more debate than these chapters. What is the millennium, when will it happen and how is it relevant for...
Sun Jul 8 '12|
Revelation 12 and 13 are some of the most confusing verses in Scripture. Winged-women, multi-headed beasts and a cryptic number: 666. What do these pictures mean, how on earth are they relevant to us, and what sort of hope should...
Sun Jul 1 '12|
John describes a series of shocking events: natural disasters, plagues and catastrophes falling upon the Earth. How should we interpret these? Are they literal predictions of a bleak future? How and when might they happen? And what do they tell...
Sun Jun 24 '12|
John’s first glimpse into heaven is a dazzling picture: strange creatures, precious jewels, and a dramatic scene with thousands of worshippers. Here we look at the Lamb on the Throne in Revelation 4 and 5, learn to interpret the symbols...
Sun Jun 17 '12|
Confusing symbols, mysterious imagery, and sometimes unpleasant descriptions make Revelation daunting to read and difficult to understand. How much is it a prediction of the future? How is it relevant today? And how should we go about interpreting it? In...
Sun Jun 10 '12|
Jesus didn’t simply care about people’s spiritual wellbeing; he treated people as whole beings and provided for their spiritual, emotional and physical needs. Everywhere he went he restored sick people, and told his disciples to do the same. In this...
Sun Apr 29 '12|
How can we find sustained joy in difficult times? In this talk we look at Habakkuk 3:17-18 and Deuteronomy 26:1-11 and consider how learning to trust God in the good times prepares us for the difficult times by (i) teaching...
Tue Apr 24 '12|
For many, the book of Revelation is one of the most puzzling sections of the Bible. Confusing symbols, mysterious imagery, and sometimes unpleasant descriptions make it daunting to read and difficult to understand. As a result, many people avoid it...
Sun Apr 8 '12|
As we reach the end of our series in John’s Gospel, Liam looks at the story of Easter Sunday in John 19-20, considering how Jesus’ resurrection is the eighth great sign, which promises New Creation.
Tue Mar 20 '12|
It’s not every year you get to run a conference on St Patrick’s Day with a member of the Guinness family as your keynote speaker. Yet strangely, that’s exactly what we ended up with at the Everything Conference this year....
Fri Mar 9 '12|
I live in the same part of South West London as a prominent food critic. As soon as somewhere new opens locally he reviews it, which has led to some great culinary discoveries! So on the one hand it’s a...
Sun Feb 26 '12|
Jesus stood up at the Feast of Tabernacles and made the bold claim ‘I am the light of the world!’ In this talk we explore what he meant, and how light is both a threat to those who love darkness,...
Sun Feb 12 '12|
Who is Jesus? What is so unique about him? And how is his message relevant to life in the twenty first century? Liam Thatcher opens our new series looking at the claims of Jesus in the Gospel of John, and...
Fri Jan 27 '12|
The novelist H.G. Wells famously said, “I am an historian. I am not a believer. But this penniless preacher from Galilee is irresistibly the centre of history.” What is it about Jesus that is so captivating and intriguing, that even...
Fri Dec 2 '11|
I love Christmas! Well… actually, that’s not strictly true. I love most things about Christmas. Some things baffle me; like the peculiar logic of bringing a tree into your house. Why? You wouldn’t bring outdoors indoors at any other time...
Thu Nov 17 '11|
Let me give you three simple reasons why you should have a lie in on Sunday morning and head into the West End for the afternoon. (1) It’s been a busy term, you deserve a little extra rest. Set the...
Sun Oct 23 '11|
Jesus told his disciples to wait until they received power from heaven. In this talk, we will look at how the Holy Spirit equips us for a dynamic life, as we embark on the mission God has called us to.
Sun Sep 11 '11|
The story of Esther reaches its climax with a battle of epic proportions. As Esther seeks a way to save the Jewish people from destruction, we learn about the theme of rest, and get a glimpse of a day to...
Mon Aug 1 '11|
Everyone loves a good ‘rags to riches’ tale. It’s the plot-device of ten-thousand films; somebody overcomes adversity, poverty or obscurity, and rises to a position of influence. And we love it. These are the kinds of stories that tug at...
Sun Jul 17 '11|
In Ephesians 6, Paul gives us some principles for how we should approach our work. He offers a carrot and a stick – an incentive and a warning – in order to motivate us to work in a way that...
Sun Jul 3 '11|
Many of us want to change, putting our old habits behind us, but we just don’t know how. In this week’s talk, Liam looks at Paul’s strategy for how to break old habits, and live a life of love that...
Sun May 22 '11|
Ephesians two opens with three vivid pictures of man’s predicament without God, and three ways in which the good news of Jesus meets our deepest needs.
Sun Mar 6 '11|
This week we launched a new series on prayer by looking at the parable of the widow and the wicked judge in Luke 18, considering how the character of God motivates us to pray.
Sun Jul 25 '10|
As our 19 week series on Genesis 1-11 nears its conclusion, Liam Thatcher looks at chapter 10 and the expansion of humankind over the earth. We end up delving deep into Biblical history, and looking at our own commission to...